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Government Shyam Sunder Agrawal College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Government Shyam Sunder Agrawal College, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
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Sihora, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh, India
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NAAC report of Government Shyam Sunder Agrawal CollegeSECTION - I : PREFACE
The Govt. Shyam Sunder Agrawal College at Sihora, Madhya Pradesh, established in 1956 by a local businessman, Seth Shyam Sunder Agrawal, is one of the pioneer institutions of higher education in Central India with the mission of 'Enhancement and Expansion of Higher Education in the Rural Area.' The main objectives of the college are : (a) to bring students from rural areas into the main stream of national development, (b) to make them aware of the latest socio-economic, commercial and scientific facts and activities, (c) to develop reasoning, logic and creative abilities in students, and (d) to educate them with social and moral values and guide them for a better future career. The college was taken over by the Govt. of Madhya Pradesh in 1973. Affiliated to Rani Durgavati University, Jabalpur, the college was recognized by the University Grants Commission in the year 2000. It is providing higher education to the students of the surrounding rural area covering a large number of villages of 4 tehsils of the Jabalpur and Katni districts in Madhya Pradesh.
The college at present offers 6 programmes of study, including B. A., B. Sc. And B. Com. at the undergraduate level and M. A. (Political Science), M.A. (Economics) and M. Sc. (Chemistry) at the post-graduate level. In all, 14 subjects and 26 subject-combinations are available to the students.
The college has 34 sanctioned posts of teachers; 21 of theses are at present occupied by the regular teachers. The management appoints guest faculties against the vacant posts. The college campus is spread over about 4.55 acre land area. The college has an administrative and academic building with a covered area of about 20,000 sq.ft. and a hostel building constructed over 20,000 sq.ft. A common playground is available for sport activities. At present 666 students are receiving education in the college. The average pass out ratio lies around 82% at U. G. level and 85% at P. G. level. Financial administration is done as per the Govt. rules. Welfare schemes approved by the State Government are provided to the academic community. The college has been making sincere efforts for the educational enlistment of the youth from the surrounding rural areas. The annual unit cost of education, in the session 2005-06, was around Rs. 13,390 (including salary component) and Rs. 165 (excluding salary component).
Govt. Shyam Sunder Agrawal College, Sihora, Madhya Pradesh volunteered to be assessed and accredited by the National Assessment & Accreditation Council (NAAC) and submitted the Self-study Report, in November 2006, giving details of various activities of the college under seven criteria laid down by NAAC. The NAAC appointed a Peer Team comprising Prof. Mohammad Iqbal, Professor of Botany and former Vice-Chancellor of Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi (Chairperson), Dr. (Mrs.) Krushna Gandhi, Principal, Matushri Pushpaben Vinubhai Balia College of Commerce, Mumbai (Member Co-ordinator) and Prof. Bharat K. Oza, Dean Faculty of Commerce, Bhavnagar University, Bhavnagar (Member), to visit and validate the claims of the college. Dr. Ganesh Hegade, Assistant-Advisor, NAAC, co-ordinater the visit. The team visited the institution on 7th to 9th February, 2007 to assess the facilities available with the college, as per the framework prescribed by the NAAC. During the visit, the team checked all relevant documents, visited the departments and supporting facilities and interacted with the various constituencies of the college, including the Principal, teaching and non-teaching staff, students, alumni and parents. Based on a thorough assessment of the institution, as per the criteria identified by the NAAC, the salient features of the college as well as the areas of concern are present Ted in the ensuing report.
SECTION - II : CRITERION-WISE ANALYSIS
CRITERION I : Curricular Aspects
The college has no autonomy to design its own curriculum. The curriculum is designed and developed by the co-ordination committee of the Higher Education Department, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh and issued to colleges through university. However, a few teachers of the college are members of the Board of Studies of their respective subjects and thus contribute in the process of updating the syllabi. The college is following the system of annual examinations. The curriculum is based on the model syllabi developed by the UGC. The syllabi were revised last in the session 2002-03.
The college has the Faculties of Arts, Commerce and Science. Besides the B.A., B. Com and B. Sc. Programmed, it has two PG programmed (in Economics and Political Science) in the Faculty of Arts and one (in Chemistry) in the Faculty of Science. The students of B. A. can choose subjects out of Economics, Geography, History, English Literature, Hindi Literature and Political Science, whereas the B. Sc. Students have the options of Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Application, Mathematics, Physics and Zoology.
The present curriculum has a provision for incorporating computer for all students, but the college does not have adequate supportive infrastructure for that purpose. However, it has introduced 'Computer Science' and 'Computer Application' as optional subjects for B. Sc. First year students from this session (2006-07) and has a future plan to provide similar courses related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for students of all the faculties.
There is no specific course aimed at prompting value education but efforts are made to achieve the goal through various activities like, Debate, Group Discussion, Essay Competition, etc. on the social, moral and ethical values. The curriculum provides the provision of the core and the electric options. The college does not offer any course in the distant learning mode but permits students to join any while pursuing their regular study courses.
Students can shift from one discipline to another depending on the availability of seats before the final report is submitted to the university. Being a Govt. institution, the college has the facility of credit transfer within the state of Madhya Pradesh. The cut off percentage at entry level is about 50%. It often goes down depending on the availability of seats in the study programmed and the response of students.
The college is availing internet facility though it has not developed any educational package for its use by the students. The examination system has the provision of supplementary examination.
CRITERION II : Teaching - Learning and Evaluation
Students are selected for admission into various courses on the basis of their merit in the qualifying examination, as per the policy of the Department of Higher Education, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, Reservation to SC, ST, OBC categories, physically handicapped and children of freedom fighters, as well as the prescribed weight age to sportsman, NCC/NSS/Scouts volunteers etc. is provided as per the Govt. policy. Last year, success of applicants in getting admission was 84% in PG courses, 93% in UG courses and 100% in the self-financing courses.
The college provides free stationery to SC/ST students. Special tutorials and special classes are held for guidance of poor learners, Post-metric Scholarships for SC, ST and OBC students, Bidi Scholarships for children of Bidi workers and Poor Boys Fund for students of weaker sections are available in the college.
As per the academic calendar provided by the Department of Higher Education, all teachers prepare their own teaching plan for the session for each subject and the paper they have to teach. Delivering lectures with the help of chalk, duster and black board is the predominant method of classroom teaching. The conventional lecture methods is, however, supplemented by seminars, brain-storming sessions, assignments etc. Demonstrations are arranged and experiments conducted in science subjects as well as in geography. Tutorial classes are held for all courses.
Progress of the learners is evaluated through class tests. Teachers provide special guidance to slow learners through tutorials and extra classes before the commencement of annual examination. Advanced learners are encouraged by teachers through personal attention and motivation. Although, departmental libraries are not available in the college, teachers maintain their personal book collections that may be benefited by students also.
Teachers have to maintain daily diary of teaching. The principal evaluates half-yearly and annual appraisal of teachers every year. Surprise visits are made by the officials of the regional directorate of higher education to inspect the performance of the college staff. Evaluation of teachers by students, as per the Performa recommended by NAAC, has been introduced from the current session (2006-07). Submission of the self-appraisal is, however, mandatory for all the teachers. This is reviewed by the Head of the Institution.
The appointment of teachers is done by the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Madhya Pradesh. The State Department of Higher Education advertises vacancies and the PSC organizes competitive examination for qualified candidates. The college has 34 sanctioned posts of teachers of which 13 posts are at present lying vacant. Teachers as the guest faculty are appointed against the vacant posts by the college management. Ten guest faculty members have been appointed for this purpose in the current session.
The college communicates through its prospectus various details on the curricular aspects including the schedule of activities and examination. The forward looking college management needs to think of including some 'add on' or first-degree vocational courses which will not only serve for employment purposes but also develop entrepreneurship qualities in students. Introduction of certificate and diploma level courses as well as job-oriented degree courses would go a long way in fulfillment of these objectives.
CRITERION III : Research, Consultancy & Extension
The college is not a recognized centre for PhD research and, therefore, research is not a routine activity here. The central library, however, purchases a few research journals. Some teachers also have a few publications to their credit. Three teachers are the approved research guide and are guiding PhD research. Two minor research projects are being conducted in the Department of English & Zeology. Some more teachers may rightly be supposed to submit proposals to UGC and other relevant funding agencies for award of sponsored research projects. The college may constitute a research committee to promote research and help teachers in preparing the research projects for submission to the funding agencies.
Consultancy is not the mandate of the college and so it does not have expertise to provide consultancy services. It does not have any formal linkage with industry and / or research institutions.
The student council of the college organizes various extension activities with the help of college departments and some external agencies such as Pollution Control Board, Department of Health, and Department of Income Tax of the district. During the session 2005-2006, four seminars were organized on topics of common interest such as 'AIDS' and We, 'e-TDS Procedure', 'Nature and Environment' and 'Information Technology'. The NSS unit of the college organized rallies and campus for sustained awareness and development of the society. The institution promotes participation of students and faculty in the extension activities. Four seminars have been held during the session 2006-07. The NSS unit of the college comprises of 100 volunteers. It organizes special 10-days camp in nearby villages to focus on issues concerning education, health, communal harmony, environmental pollution and sanitation for the community development.
CRITERION IV : Infrastructure and Learning Resources
The campus of the college is spread over a large area of 4.55 acres. The administrative and academic campus covers an area of 2.51 acres whereas the hostel campus covers 2.04 acres. The former building comprises 08 sitting rooms, 08 laboratories, 11 class rooms, a spacious multipurpose hall, a library, few toilets and a cycle / scooter stand. A common playground is available in front of the college for sports activities. The space of the college building is being utilized fully and is not enough to meet the growing requirements. The college does not have any transport facility of its own.
Use of computer is not common. The Principal's office has a computer for administrative work. Department of Physics has a computer laboratory with 05 PCs.
In the hostel building, 80 rooms (60 single-seated and 20 double-seated rooms) are available for 100 male students. It also has a dining hall and a Warden's quarter. At present, only 15 students are residing in the hostel. The building is damaged and basic amenities are lacking. Due to lack of funds, the building could not be repaired after it had been damaged by earthquake in 1996. The UGC, the State Govt. & Jan Bhagidari Samiti are being approached for funds to expand the infrastructure and develop new facilities in the college.
The college has a rich library having about 20,000 books and several journals / periodicals. The library is yet to have a computerized cataloguing & networking. It does not have archives section and / or reprography section. The library opens on all working days (approx 300 day's) for 7 hours every day (10.00 AM to 5.00 PM). Open access system in the library is practiced for post-graduation students. There is a scheduled programme for issue and return of books for undergraduate classes.
The library is manned by a qualified librarian. Functioning of the library is supervised by a Library Advisory Committee with the Principal as its Chairman and all heads of the departments of studies as members. The committee allocates library budget for all departments, supervises purchase of books and journals, recommends writing off the damaged books, and conducts physical verification of library stock. The committee also ensures that latest edition of books are purchased and the prescribed norms of the purchase procedures are followed. A sum of Rs. 1,82,601/- has been spent on purchase of new books and journals during the last couple of years.
Lists of the existing books as well as new arrivals are made available to teachers. Cover pages, catalogues, pamphlets related to new arrivals are displayed on the display board. It appears that very few students use reference books in English available in the library. Steps need to be taken for motivating the students to use these books as much as possible. Books and other materials related to the preparation for competitive examinations may be procured to meet the student's requirements.
There is a Network Resource Centre in the college for the benefit of teaching faculty and students. Any health centre, placement cell and a proper career guidance centre neet to be established. The students desire to have in the college a language laboratory and related facilities for improving their communication skill, which the college may plan and provide.
Facilities for Cricket, Badminton, Table Tennis, Chess and Athletic training are available in the college. Infrastructure for these activities is yet to come in proper shape. A Sports Officer manages all the sports activities. Female participation in games and sports needs to be encouraged.
The college maintains the existing basic infrastructure with the help of the Public Works Department of the State Govt. The furniture and equipments are maintained by the college through hires services.
CRITERION V : Student Support and Progression
The college is a reputed co-education centre for the surrounding rural area of about 30 sq. km. Students of the college come from rural background and about 65% of them belong to disadvantaged communities and weaker sections. The catchments area of the college is spread over four nearby Tehsils. During the current session (2006-07), the total strength of students is 666 (382 boys & 284 girls). Of these, 31 (08 boys & 23 girls) belong to PG courses. A little more than 34% of the total students population belongs to the general category, the rest (about 10% SC, 5% ST, 51% OBC) comes from the reserved categories. After completing the graduation, most of the students go for higher studies. However, the college offers Master's programmed in Chemistry, Political Science and Economics only.
The college publishes its updated prospectus annually. This includes information on courses of study, subject combinations, seats available in each course, admission procedure, reservation policy, weight age policy, fee structure, attendance rules and the library rules. The college has re-started publishing its Student's Annual Magazine, Satdhara, from the session 2005-06 after a gap of over 25 years.
The college provides financial aid to the students of disadvantaged communities, weaker sections and to girl candidates as per the Govt. norms. During the session 205-06, an amount of nearly Rs. Five lakh was provided to the deserving SC, ST & OBC candidates under the post-metric scholarship scheme. Financial aid of Rs. 30,000/- was provided to six meritorious girls under the Goan Ki Beti Scheme and an amount of Rs. 2860/- was granted out of Poor Boys Fund, to the needy students from the general (non-reserved) category.
In addition, book bank, free stationary, special classes, are the major support services available to SC/ST students. There is a Grievances Redressal Cell in the college, which collects complaints from the complaints box at regular intervals for purpose of due consideration and redressal.
The Teacher Guardian Scheme is doing well in the college, and the problems of a student are addressed promptly by his / her teacher guardian. There are committees to see that no event of ragging or sexual harassment takes place in the campus. Due to healthy atmosphere of the college campus, no committee has ever received any complaint so far. The teacher-taught relationship is, on the whole excellent.
During the last five years the results at UG level have ranged above 80% and PG level 80-90%. The support services at the College include Counseling Centre, Grievance Redressal Cell, Alumni association and Parent - Teacher Association. Students are encouraged to participate in cultural events, elocution, essay writing competition and a variety of sports. Some of the students have excelled and could proceed up to university level tournaments. Cricket is the most popular game among students. In view of the potential of students, the college may provide more resources and training facility to the promising students so as to ensure their greater participation and better performance in sports and games. The College may think of linking up with other colleges for NCC activities also. Students who excel in sports are given preferential weight age for admission in the college, as per the Govt. norms.
Special programmed are organized by the college to promote extra curricular activities among students. 'YUVA UTSAV' and inter-college sports tournaments are held every year. Various recreation activities such as, Anand Mela, Musical Competitions, Rangoli, Flower Decoration, Craft Work, etc. are organized in the college campus. Few students have done pretty well in these events.
CRITERION VI : Organization and Management
College Principal is the head of the institution who has all administrative and financial powers and is responsible for maintaining effective academic and administrative functioning of the college.
Under the staff council, various bodies and committees are constituted to take decisions on matters related to the college development. Faculty members are members of these committee and are thus involved in the process of decision making. Jan Bhagidari Samiti is a public participatory committee to arrange funds for development of the college. Staff Council is an advisory body to counsel the Principal on important matters. College Development Councils looks after the development and promotion of facilities in the interest of students and staff of the college. Various other committees are formed to look after income tax, Scholarship / Freeship, purchase, internal audit, physical verification, grievance redressal etc. and to solve day-to-day problems.
The Jan Bhagidari Samiti meets frequently to consider mobilization of resources, important future plans and execution of works. Last year it passed resolutions regarding maintenance of building, self-financed courses, drinking water supply, classrooms maintenance and fee structure. The other committees are also active under the dynamic leadership of the present Principal.
The college maintains an effective internal co-ordination and monitoring system brought about by the collective efforts of the Principal and the heads of various departments. The Principal takes a formal meeting with the staff ones in a month. There is an atmosphere of mutual co-operation and respect among the staff members and the dynamism of the leader is being noticed and appreciated by all concerned.
The college has a perspective plan for institutional development. The Jan Bhagidari Samiti has passed a resolution to open certain new courses on self-financing basis. The college intends to start 'Computer Science' and 'Computer Application' courses for students of all streams which at present is only for science faculty. Commencement of post-graduation degree programmed in Commerce is also a priority. To start M.Sc. in Maths & B.A. in Sociology are also under consideration. The Jan Bhagidari Samiti has got the 'No Objection Certificate' for all proposed self-financing courses from the State Government. The process for getting approval of the affiliating university is in progress.
The teaching staff is recruited through the Public Service Commission of M. P. Services of all staff are transferable within the state. At present, 100% of the staff working in the college are those qualified from other states and institutions. The ratio of teachers to non-teaching staff is 1:1. Most of the teachers have completed PhD and some young guest faculty have cleared NET / SLET.
Performance of teaching faculty is evaluated through the self-appraisal method. Teachers produce complete information on a prescribed self-appraisal Performa to be evaluated by the competent authority. Maintenance of teaching diary, and mid-term assessment reports also help in appraising the performance of the teaching staff.
The performance of non-teaching staff is assessed through the annual confidential reports by the Head of the Department which is sent through the Principal to the Additional Director, Dept. of Education, for necessary action.
The college has very limited resources of income i.e. the block grants, UGC grants and fees paid by the students. The maintenance budget is insufficient to meet the genuine requirements.
The accounts are audited regularly. There is an Internal Audit Cell to verify the day-to-day accounts. Auditors from the office of Auditor General visit the institution time to time. Corrective measure are taken by the college authorities on the advice of the auditors.
CRITERION VII : Healthy Practices
Maintenance of daily diaries by teachers, periodical review of these records by the Heads concerned and the College Principal and also the submission of self-appraisal report by the teaching faculty constitute a good practice.
The college has no autonomy to develop course curricula, but it has tried to start some new programmed of study in the recent past.
The college organizes community development programmed, plantation programmed to save environment and the drawing, painting & cartoon competitions to highlight the social problems.
As per the in structures of the Madhya Pradesh Government, the Jan Bhagidari Samiti (Public Participation Committee), which comp arises representatives of parents, ex-students, farmers, businessman, industrialists, professionals, women and the disadvantaged communities, has become active after a slumber and looks enthusiastic for fulfilling some long-cherished goals by undertaking construction projects and commencing job-oriented professional courses of study.
The efforts of teachers and administration for inculcating confidence among the students was visible during interactions of the Peer Teal with teachers, students alumni and parents.
The staff is brimmed with a team spirit under the supervision of the present Principal and looks committed to the cause of institutional development.
Efforts are being made to renovate the old and damaged hostel building and putting its hitherto un-utilized large space under gainful utilization.
SECTION III: OVER-ALL ANALYSIS
The Government Shyam Sunder Agrawal College, Sihora is an important institution of higher education in the rural area of Jabalpur district. It is affiliated to Rani Durgavati University and recognized by UGC under section 2(f) and 12B since 2000. With an enrolment of nearly 700 students, it offers B A, B Sc and B Com courses covering 14 subjects with 26 combinations of subjects. In addition, it offers post-graduate degree courses in Chemistry, Economics and Political Science. Despite limitations, the college has been doing sufficiently well, catering to educational needs of the local rural population spread over very many villages of four Tehsils of the Jabalpur and Katni districts of Madhya Pradesh.
After studying the self study report and other relevant documents, visiting various departments and facilities and interacting with the stakeholders, the Peer Team feels pleasure in advancing the following commendations and suggestions for consideration by the college authorities.
Commendations and Suggestions
The cut off percentage in admissions, the low drop out rate and a sufficiently high passing percentage are indicative of satisfactory teaching standards of the college.
Leadership of the college is competent and committed to the cause. It has been able to enthuse the college staff with a new zeal to improve upon the standards of the college on each possible front.
Team spirit, mutual cooperation and coordination among staff members is a healthy sign.
Implementation of the Group Insurance scheme for students is also a healthy practice.
Alumni Association that has been just constituted needs to be strengthened and given a formal status. The college administration may establish a close relationship with the alumni and involve them in issues of college development.
The government may develop a schedule of training for the development of its employees. Use of computer and internet needs to be augmented and popularized among both teaching and non-teaching staff of the college.
Establishment of a primary health care centre in the college campus will add further to the glory and strength of the institution.
Introduction of modern teaching aids for transfer of knowledge in the classroom can drastically enthuse added interest and commitment in students towards their studies.
Publication of students Annual Magazine after a long gap of more than 25 years is a welcome move. It will provide the students a greater opportunity for expressing their talents in literary fields and give them a healthy feeling of their increased participation in the college events.
The college can make efforts to open NCC unit in collaboration with a sister institution. This may provide further chance to students to canalized their potential for a better cause.
A Research Cell may be established to guide and help young teachers and new researchers in writing research proposals for submitting to various funding agencies.
Communications skills of students may be improved by starting a course on Communicative English, A language lab may be established and programmed from CIFL Hyderabad be used.
Based on its philosophy and existence for past 50 years, the College needs to prepare a perspective plan for the next 10 years. This will provide a direction for innovation in teaching, extension and research endeavors of the College.
Curriculum innovation in terms of introducing short term job-oriented courses and add-on vocational courses needs serious consideration. Courses in Environment Management, Eco-travel and Tourism, Computers, Event Management, Fashion Designing, Banking & Insurance, Export-Import Management may be thought of..
Orientation programmed for teachers acquainting them with various trends and teaching methods including use of ICT may be conducted.
The library needs to be computerized and provided with internet connectivity and the students may be encouraged to use this facility. Addition of a reading room to the library is a genuine and urgent need.
Students need to be provided with internet access for at least an hour a week.
To facilitate more participation of students in games and sports, the college may provide more resources and facilities on this front. Creation of the meltingly facility may be considered. Female students need to be motivated to participate in games.
The college should strengthen the career guidance centre and manage due guidance and counseling by professionals. More awareness needs to be developed among students on the employment and progression opportunities. Renovation and repair of the hostel building may be placed on top priority. Jan Bhagidari Samiti may come forward to accept this challenge.
The college may also place on the list of its future construction works the erection of boundary wall of the campus and the preparation of a suitable playground.
Addition of Sociology and Home Science to the existing 14 subjects for undergraduate courses will be to a great satisfaction of a large number of students.
The efforts of the Principals have been appreciated at different levels. Such as Nagar Palika & Dept. of Higher Education. Commissioner of Higher Education, Government of Madhya Pradesh issued a certificate of appreciation for his positive contribution.
The Peer Team puts on records its gratitude to the Management, the Principal, teachers, staff, students, parents and alumni of the Govt. Shyam Sunder Agrawal College for their precious cooperation and support during the Peer Team visit.
Professor Muhammad Iqbal
Dr. (Mrs.) Krushna Gandhi
Professor Bharat K. Oza
Dr R. K. Chapra
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